Learn more about herbs and sprouting seeds with our thorough plant guide that shows you when to sow and harvest, plus the best conditions for these plants.
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With its glossy, purple-tinted foliage and tall spikes of lilac flowers, this tender herb makes a pretty garden plant in its own right. The leaves have a delicate aniseed scent, which makes them suitable for Thai cooking.
Sow: Early spring to midsummer
Harvest: Year round
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun
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